Another sorta mainstream mention for Sgt. Stryker. Yesterday it was National Review’s Corner, today it is Spintech. How long before the military starts inquiring? I am willing to bed that the military will realize that Sgt. Stryker is the type of military public relations they NEED, despite his frequent (and appropriate) criticisms of the military.
Popular search site Google is being exploited by some net users to mount protests and play jokes on their friends.
The users have found a way to “bomb” Google to improve the rankings of particular webpages, and ensure a site is near the top of the results for particular search phrases.
Before now Google’s method of ranking webpages was thought to make it largely immune to the tactics that many businesses use to improve their position in web searches.
Some fear it is only a matter of time before businesses start using the bombing tactic to influence their standing in search results.
Rod Dreher reports in Andrew Sullivan’s Gay Problem-And mine. that their could be an enormous, public, internecine struggle within the Catholic Church in the neart future:
I draw those dire conclusions not on “hearsay,” as Sullivan says, but on reporting and years of conversations with priests, who have told me more than I wish I knew about what it was really like in their seminaries. It will be interesting to see how Sullivan will react to author Michael S. Rose’s forthcoming Goodbye! Good Men, which is the first book I’m aware of to systematically compile these stories from the seminaries, and to name names.
I’ve just finished an early copy, and what it documents is absolutely astonishing, and cannot be ignored except by those who do not want to see. This bombshell book reveals a seminary underworld in which homosexual promiscuity and sexual harassment is rampant, in which straight men are marginalized and demoralized, and seminarians who support the Church’s teaching on sexuality and the priesthood are persecuted, even to the point of being sent off, Soviet-style for psychological evaluations. Many of these guys are rejected from entering the seminaries, expelled, or driven by depression to leave.
This will get uglier.
Sergei Mironov, the speaker of the Federation Council, said that he decided not to meet with Arafat on Tuesday because “terrorist actions in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Israel have common roots, primarily financial,” the ITAR-Tass news agency reported.
Mironov announced his decision after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon late Monday. He said that the Israeli side viewed his decision as a show of support in the war against terror.
“Israeli colleagues see it as a reflection of joint understanding that terrorism must be fought,” Mironov said Tuesday on Russian RTR state television. “There is no such thing as good terrorism.”
You sometimes doubt yourself – who you are and what you can do. You’re a curious person, with questions and concerns about the world. You go along with the crowd and aim to please others to your best ability. But when you finally discover what you’re really capable of, you can do some serious ass kickin’! You’re fast and furious, and you will always stick up for what you believe, and those who you care for. Not only that, but you’re charming and charismatic, so you get along with people well, and others often look up to you.
Yet another one of these quizzes, via Ipse Dixit.
Before everyone feels the need to email me about this, let me make clear that I think Andrea Yates is guilty. My problem is with the law. I think she is guilty, but I also think she is clearly INSANE. Her guilt should be duly noted, and then she should spend the rest of her life in a mental facility. I do not think a lifetime in jail/the death penalty or freedom via insanity defense are the only options that should be available.
As I stated at Protein Wisdom, I think it is as morally indefensible to execute an insane individual as it is to execute a mentally reatrded individual.
Why can’t they just GO AWAY?
Roger Clinton Said to Be Deeply Tied to Pardons– House reform panel says ex-president encouraged his brother
With President Clinton’s encouragement, his half-brother, Roger, collected hundreds of thousands of dollars to lobby on behalf of as many as 13 people seeking presidential pardons and other favors, a key congressional panel has found.
This characterization goes far beyond what Roger Clinton has acknowledged about his activities in seeking presidential pardons and suggests that he was much more deeply involved than previously known.
Read the whole thing if you must. I am sure this report from the right-wing LA Times will be used as evidence that Republicans and Conservatives just can’t get over the Clintons. And yes, I know that the committee is headed by a Republican.
New Casualty Numbers?
The Oxford Research Group has a briefing paper titled ‘A Never-Ending War? Consequences of September 11.’ In this briefing, we learn that one of the problems following 9/11 is the assertion that:
More innocent lives may have been lost in Afghanistan than on September 11 (between 2-8,000 deaths).
So much for Herold’s statistics. Now there may be 8,000 civilian casualties (I am assuming that is what an innocent life is).
The whole thing is just a disgusting rehash of all the same bizarre complaints from the root cause anti-war crowd.
“Little attempt made to understand the motivations for the September 11 attacks, or to see them as part of a longer-term strategy”.
This site made me laugh. I had seen it a year or two ago, but had forgotten about it.
Douglas Turnbull of the Beauty of Gray on the French Revolution:
Under Louis XIV, the French were in a dominant strategic position, with an overwhelming force advantage and facing a fractious coalition of England, the Netherlands, and the Empire. Yet they were defeated so frequently and decisively by smaller English armies under Marlborough that the French generals were terrified to take the field against him. Decades of fighting on the part of the huge French army brought little except ruinous debt to the French crown. The economic drain of these futile aggrandizing wars, combined with Louis XIV’s policy of destroying the independent power of the nobility, set the stage for the French Revolution where the French introduced totalitarian tyranny to the world, and followed it up with another destructive attempt to conquer Europe. Thanks for everything, France.
and on the Post WWII French military:
De Gaulle then set the pattern for French policy since then, bringing the allies a fancy uniform, a huge ego, no army, and a big mouth filled with the demand for equal treatment.
and on the French and Palestine:
And don’t get me started on French foreign policy. You’d think the country responsible for 40 years of brutal civil war in Algeria would shut the hell up when it comes to Israel and Palestine, but France brings a unique measure of arrogance to the table to combine with their incompetence, and don’t let their own all too obvious failings get in the way of their strenuous efforts to tell everyone else how to run their own affairs. Of course, Algeria is not alone-there’s a strong pattern of devastation left in the wake of French and Belgian colonialism that contrasts with British and US former colonies. Algeria, the Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, Lebanon, Cambodia and Vietnam, all enjoyed the mismanagement, tyranny, and civil wars that were the fruits of French and Belgian mismanagement.
Go read the whole thing- although I warn you to try not to drink anything while reading it- you will end up washing your monitor.
I am not a lawyer.
I am not a psychiatrist or psychologist.
I was not in the courtroom.
I was not there when she murdered the five children.
But if Andrea Yates is sane, then I am a winged pig.
Don’t worry Ted. We love you anyway.
Ted also links to an article in Dissent magazine asking “Can There be a Decent Left?” The article is interesting, and points out why most right wingers (and the decent left wingers the article is looking for – see Christopher Hitchens, Matt Welch, Ken Layne) do ridicule the boobs who make up the ‘liberal elite:’
But among last fall’s antiwar demonstrators, “Stop the bombing” wasn’t a slogan that summarized a coherent view of the bombing–or of the alternatives to it. The truth is that most leftists were not committed to having a coherent view about things like that; they were committed to opposing the war, and they were prepared to oppose it without regard to its causes or character and without any visible concern about preventing future terrorist attacks.
The right has not just ‘wrapped themselves in patriotism.’ It just seems that way when you compare most Americans to the vocal lony left. Sure, there are charlatans on the right who are doing their level best to get political mileage out of this, but most people just chide those liberal elites because they are so transparently stupid and viscerally anti-American. Go watch Eleanor Clift any week. Listen to Alec Baldwin. Listen to Terry McAuliffe. Those are the people who are being chided.